For the second consecutive year, junior Savannah Hooper was honored as the Wilmington College Female Athlete of the Year as the Wilmington College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its Fifth Annual WESPYs Tuesday in Boyd Theater.
Hooper (Leesburg, OH/Wilmington) proved to be a standout player this year for the softball team. She led team in both runs scored (23) and hits (38), while also leading the team in hitting with a .325 batting average. Her 26 stolen bases lead the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Senior lacrosse player Reid Delaney (Wooster, OH/Wooster) earned the WC Male Athlete of the Year after establishing a program record for the most goals (113) in a career. He led the OAC with 78 points, 11 points ahead of the closest player. His 78 points established a new WC seasonal record.
For the first time in award history, there was a pair of ties in the Jenna Parlette Award and the Judy Doyle Awards.
The Judy Doyle Award, named after the longtime athletics business manager, honors the four year season with the best career. Delaney was joined by women's basketball player Brittaney Jefferson (Dayton, OH/Chaminade Julienne) for the honor.
Jefferson was just the seventh women's basketball player in school history to be a three-time All-OAC selection. She finished her career with 1,158 points, while her 213 career steals are the second most in Wilmington College history.
Seniors Malcolm Pittman (Huber Heights, OH/Wayne) and Ja'Cole Tabor (Dayton, OH/Chaminade Julienne) tied to win the Jenna Parlette Award. In honor of deceased WC student athlete, Jenna Parlette, the award goes to the student-athlete typifies the qualities that made Parlette a revered member of the college community.
NOMINEES/CATEGORIES (Winners in bold)
FALL MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Nils Asteberg (Soccer), Griffin Stith (Cross Country), C.J. Thompson (Football)
FALL FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Erika Good (Soccer), Allison Helmke (Cross Country), Amber Rox (Volleyball)
WINTER MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Christian Jones (Basketball), Erik Spraul (Swimming), Antone Truss (Indoor Track)
WINTER FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Mackenzie Campbell (Basketball), Samantha Glish (Swimming), Lauren Stacy (Indoor Track)
SPRING MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Pierce Burnam (Outdoor Track), Joshua Chua (Baseball), Reid Delaney (Lacrosse)
SPRING FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Clara Blaine (Lacrosse), Savannah Hooper (Softball), Lauren Stacy (Outdoor Track)
MALE NEWCOMER: Kaner Butler (Track), Noah Chatman (Basketball), Joshua Chua (Baseball), Tanner Diment
FEMALE NEWCOMER: Clara Blaine (Lacrosse), Emma Burke (Track), Jillia Cook (Softball), Amber Rox (Volleyball)
COMEBACK PLAYER: Ashley Andracki (Basketball), Savannah Hooper (Basketball), Kerrie Trautman (Softball)
BREAKOUT ATHLETE: Emily Harman (Basketball), P.J. Meyer (Football), Nathan Scott (Basketball), Caden Smolenski (Lacrosse)
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Clara Blaine (Lacrosse), Mackenzie Campbell (Basketball), Joshua Chua (Baseball), D.J. Iles (Basketball), Lauren Stacy (Track)
MALE ACADEMIC AWARD: Baseball
FEMALE ACADEMIC AWARD: Women's Swimming
SCHOLAR MALE: Nils Asteberg (Soccer), Reid Delaney (Lacrosse), David Henry (Football), Travis Scheadler (Cross Country)
SCHOLAR FEMALE: Savannah Hooper (Softball/Basketball), Sawyer Hooper (Softball), Taylor Scott (Soccer)
GAME(S) OF THE YEAR: Volleyball vs Great Lakes Christian, Women's Basketball vs Denison, Women's Basketball vs BW (OAC Semifinals), Baseball sweeps MSJ
SENIOR MALE: Nick Baker (Soccer), Reid Delaney (Lacrosse), Erik Spraul (Swimming)
SENIOR FEMALE: Erika Good (Soccer), Mary Moyer (Basketball), Kerrie Trautman (Softball)
SUPER SENIOR: Ashley Andracki (Basketball), Erika Good (Soccer), Malcolm Pittman (Basketball)